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Do I really need Over the Vine Water for Frost Protection?

Do I really need Over the Vine Water for Frost Protection?

If you are in an area that has limited (or maybe zero) water available for frost protection, is there anything that you can do to mitigate the frost risk to your vineyard? In some areas, such as Mendocino county or Pope Valley for example, the conventional wisdom is that water is the only effective method […]

District-by-District Review of the Crush Report, Part 3: California Interior

District-by-District Review of the Crush Report, Part 3: California Interior

Those of you who read my review of the crush report for the Wine Industry Network, may have noticed that I gave limited analysis of the crush report by geographic location. This is the third part of a three-part series, focusing on California’s inland growing regions. The previous two articles looked at the North Coast […]

Revision of CDFA regulations governing grapevine nursery stock production

Revision of CDFA regulations governing grapevine nursery stock production

The California Grapevine Registration & Certification Program, administered by CDFA, aims to eliminate specific grapevine diseases such as leafroll, fanleaf, corky bark, stem-pitting and fleck that are spread from vine to vine by grafting and/or vegetative propagation

District-by-District Review of the Crush Report, Part 2: Central Coast and Southern California

District-by-District Review of the Crush Report, Part 2: Central Coast and Southern California

Those of you who read my review of the crush report for the Wine Industry Advisor, may have noticed that I gave limited analysis of the crush report by geographic location. This is the second part of a three-part series, focusing on the Central Coast and Southern California. The previous article looked at the North […]

District-by-District Review of the Crush Report, Part 1: North Coast

District-by-District Review of the Crush Report, Part 1: North Coast

Those of you, who read my review of the crush report for the Wine Industry Advisor, may have noticed that I gave limited analysis of the crush report by geographic location. In this article, I’ll take a look at each district one at a time. District 1: Mendocino County Average Price Per Ton: $1,493.10, Overall Price […]

Review of the Final Crush Report

Review of the Final Crush Report

For some of us in the wine business, the release of the Crush Report is one of the most exciting events of the year. It means that the time has come to browse, analyze, cut up, re-arrange and make sense of winegrape prices to look for trends, find opportunities and verify or improve our own […]

Trade Show Attendee Strategies

Trade Show Attendee Strategies

Tradeshow season is coming up soon. Conferences usually last more than one day. So how to come out of the conference energized with ideas to grow your business? Unless you are visiting to purchase something specifically (more on this later), here are the three things on which to focus during winery tradeshows – — Promote […]

Is Your Winery Ready for a TTB Audit?

Is Your Winery Ready for a TTB Audit?

From winemaking to marketing; sales to accounting, every part of running a winery contributes to the success of the business. Part of ensuring success is keeping the business compliant. This is particularly important if you are selected for a TTB audit. Compliance isn’t a fun or popular topic, but it is a necessary one. You […]

The Benefits of Choosing Custom Crush as Your First Wine Venture

The Benefits of Choosing Custom Crush as Your First Wine Venture

By Penny Gadd-Coster It’s no secret the time commitment and financial investment of starting up one’s own wine brand is daunting. The list of investments needed is a long one: expensive equipment, overhead for the building including light, water, and insurance; not to mention employees, fruit costs, supplies, etc. After crunching these costs, you may […]

Heating Up The Vineyard Creates Sustainable Results

Heating Up The Vineyard Creates Sustainable Results

Helping Mother Nature by applying Thermal Plant Treatment shows beneficial results from bud to harvest  Everyone in the business of growing crops understands the importance of adequate climatic heat to bring plants out of dormancy, into and through production. Plant growth, fruit set, yields, photosynthesis, disease development and fruit maturity are dependent upon adequate ambient […]

Top 5 Things Wine Industry Candidates Really Want in a New Opportunity

Top 5 Things Wine Industry Candidates Really Want in a New Opportunity

Some of the questions I’m asked most often by my clients are “What are top candidates looking for these days?” and “How can we stay competitive in attracting great people in today’s job market? “ The truth is that wine industry candidates are looking for so much more than compensation and benefits when considering a […]

How to Survive an OSHA Audit – part 3

How to Survive an OSHA Audit – part 3

Part one of a three part story by Paul Andersen OSHA Compliance Services In the last edition (part 1 & part 2) we reviewed what to expect during a workplace Inspection and briefly discussed your basic rights and the importance of cooperation during an Inspection. We will now conclude our three part story of “How […]

How to Survive an OSHA Audit – part 2

How to Survive an OSHA Audit – part 2

Part two of a three part story by Paul Andersen OSHA Compliance Services In the last edition we opened the story with a gentle reminder that Wineries, Growers and related services providers are subject to all appropriate CAL/OSHA rules and regulations. We discussed what triggers an audit and the basics on being prepared.  Please continue […]

How to Survive an OSHA Audit

How to Survive an OSHA Audit

Part one of a three part story by Paul Andersen OSHA Compliance Services Hello. I’m from OSHA and I am here to conduct an inspection. Few greetings are more inclined to cause one to cringe unless of course it’s one from the IRS. Wineries and Growers are prime businesses for a formal visit from CAL/OSHA […]

Beyond the Wine Aroma Wheel: ‘Wine Aroma Matrix’ pairs Olfactory with Vision

Beyond the Wine Aroma Wheel: ‘Wine Aroma Matrix’ pairs Olfactory with Vision

by Randy Cunningham  The Wine Aroma Matrix, WA-trix for short, represents an innovative new type of aroma chart that groups wine aromas by the color of the substance that is responsible for creating the aroma. All of the black fruit aromas are found grouped together on the same color row. Similarly, the listings of red […]